Former United States President George W Bush Underwent a crucial heart surger this morning, his office spokesman has announced.
During Monday's physical examination doctors found a blockage in the artery of the former president's heart and immediately at the recommendation of his doctor, Bush agreed to the surgery.
The procedure at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas went off "without complication" early Monday morning, Ford said.
The news caught the political world by surprise.
Bush was among the most physically active of presidents, with frequent exercise that ranged from early morning workouts to bike rides.
Since leaving office, Bush has hosted an annual 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for wounded soldiers, the most recent in May near Waco.
The president is scheduled to host a golf tournament for wounded warriors later this summer, and aides indicated his plans would not change.
Bush, 67, is scheduled to return home Wednesday and "resume his normal schedule on Thursday," Ford said.
Tributes poured in across the Web. "Prayers to President George W. Bush for a fast recovery," tweeted Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus.
Aides said Bush is in good shape because of early detection.
Bush "is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," Ford said. "He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes."